Funding resources for rural communities

We have researched and compiled the best funding resources available for rural communities’ COVID-19 recovery. To save you time, we’ve organized the information to help you find what you need fast. Use the form below to search by topic, eligible applicants, funding type and match requirements. New resources will be added consistently.

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National Dislocated Worker Grants Program


Federal Agency: U.S. Department of Labor Description: The National Dislocated Worker Grant (DWG) program are discretionary grants to provide employment-related services for dislocated workers. The program funds two types of DWGs: Disaster Recovery and Employment Recovery.  Disaster Recovery DWGs provide funding to create temporary employment opportunities to assist with clean-up and recovery efforts when an […]

July 27, 2020


Workforce Opportunity for Rural Communities


Federal Agency: U.S. Department of Labor Description: The Workforce Opportunity for Rural Communities grant program is designed to create economic prosperity and gainful employment opportunities for eligible individuals in the Appalachian and Delta regions, enabling them to remain and thrive in their communities. This program provides funding to eligible applicants proposing to meet this goal with […]

May 14, 2020


Rural Community Development Initiative


Federal Agency: U.S. Department of Agriculture Description: Rural Community Development Initiative grants are awarded to help non-profit housing and community development organizations, low-income rural communities and federally recognized tribes support housing, community facilities and community and economic development projects in rural areas. Eligible Applicants: State governments City or township governments County governments Native American tribal […]

April 28, 2020


National Endowment for the Arts CARES Act Grant Program


Federal Agency: National Endowment for the Arts Description: The National Endowment for the Arts CARES Act Grant will provide funds to non-profit arts organizations to help them and their employees endure the economic hardships caused by the forced closure of their operations due to the spread of COVID-19. There are two types of awards: Direct […]

April 10, 2020


POWER Initiative


Agency: Appalachian Regional Commission Description: The Partnerships for Opportunity and Workforce and Economic Revitalization (POWER) Initiative makes available federal resources to help communities and regions affected by job losses in coal mining, coal power plant operations, and coal-related supply chain industries due to the changing economics of America’s energy production and the coal economy. POWER […]

April 8, 2020


State Economic & Infrastructure Development Investment Program


Agency: Northern Border Regional Commission Description: The State Economic & Infrastructure Development Investment Program is a competitive grant program designed to support economic and community development activities by investing in basic public infrastructure, transportation infrastructure, telecommunications, renewable and alternative energy, business and workforce development, healthcare infrastructure, and resource conservation, tourism and recreation projects in the […]


States’ Economic Development Assistance Program


Agency: Delta Regional Authority Description: The States’ Economic Development Assistance Program is a competitive grant program designed to support economic development activities by investing in basic public infrastructure, transportation infrastructure, workforce development, small business development and entrepreneurship projects in the 252 counties and parishes of the eight-state Mississippi River Delta Region including parts of Alabama, […]


Economic Injury Disaster Loan Emergency Advance Program


Federal Agency: U.S. Small Business Administration Description: In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, small business owners are eligible to apply for an Economic Injury Disaster Loan emergency advance of up to $10,000. This advance will provide economic relief to businesses that are currently experiencing a temporary loss of revenue. Funds will be made available following […]


Paycheck Protection Program


Federal Agency: U.S. Small Business Administration Description: The Paycheck Protection Program is a loan designed to provide a direct incentive for small businesses to keep their workers on the payroll. SBA will forgive loans if all employees are kept on the payroll for eight weeks and the money is used for payroll, rent, mortgage interest, […]


Public Works and Economic Adjustment Assistance Programs


Federal Agency: U.S. Department of Commerce Description: The Public Works Program provides catalytic investments to help distressed communities build, design, or engineer critical infrastructure and facilities that will help implement regional development strategies and advance bottom-up economic development goals to promote regional prosperity. Investments made through this program must clearly lead to the creation or […]

April 6, 2020


Rural Business Development Grant Program


Federal Agency: U.S. Department of Agriculture Description: The Rural Business Development Grant Program is a competitive grant designed to support targeted technical assistance, training, and other activities leading to the development or expansion of small and emerging private businesses in rural areas that have fewer than 50 employees and less than $1 million in gross […]

April 4, 2020


Distance Learning and Telemedicine Program


Federal Agency: U.S. Department of Agriculture Description: The Distance Learning and Telemedicine Program provides financial assistance to enable and improve distance learning and telemedicine services in rural areas. These grant funds support the use of telecommunications-enabled information, audio and video equipment, and related advanced technologies by students, teachers, medical professionals, and rural residents. These grants […]


Business & Industry Loan Guarantees Program


Federal Agency: U.S. Department of Agriculture Description: The Business & Industry Loan Guarantees Program bolsters the availability of private credit by guaranteeing loans for rural businesses. Eligible applicants: Lenders with the legal authority, sufficient experience and financial strength to operate a successful lending program. This includes: Federal or state-chartered banks Savings and loans Farm credit […]


ReConnect Program


Federal Agency: U.S. Department of Agriculture Description: The ReConnect Program is a broadband pilot program that offers federal loans, grants, and combinations thereof (i.e. 100% loans, 50% loan/grant combinations, and 100% grants) to facilitate broadband deployment in rural areas. ReConnect loans and grants provide funds for the costs of construction, improvement, or acquisition of facilities […]

April 3, 2020


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